FORT PLAIN, N.Y. -- It's been almost two months since heavy rains brought devastating flooding to Fort Plain. The village's mayor, Guy Barton, spoke with Capital Tonight's Liz Benjamin about the recovery process.
In the days following the flooding, FEMA announced it would not give individual aid to property owners. Mayor Barton says the Cuomo administration has stepped up to offer state aid to many of the people affected and he says he's been happy with the aid that the area has received. Meanwhile, in the days since the floods, the mayor has been working to install an early-warning system, which would notify residents about incoming dangerous weather.
"When this alarm goes off, you know there's a problem. As I mentioned, could be tornado, a train wreck. There will be different codes for water. The water one will go off when the Otsquago Creek comes up to a point that we feel is unsafe, that will turn this alarm on and let the people know to get up and get ready to move," Barton said.
Barton says there has been a steady stream of people donating for the system, including a $5,000 donation from one local company.